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Chocolate and Books!

These are the best books out there on the topic of nutrition! Read these nutrition books (for beginners or experts) NOW :) This article also include a delicious healthy recipe for hot chocolate… yum! You are going to love this homemade hot chocolate recipe.

Okay, so I’m still a bit sick—I’ve been nursing a sore throat the past couple days with ham and split pea soup, excessive amounts of green tea, yogurt, and oatmeal. Yummy!

Also, this morning I made some fantastic hot chocolate: take 3 small squares of Lindor 99% dark chocolate (probably about 15 grams?), 1/2 tsp of organic cane sugar, and 1/2 cup skim milk. Stir them in a saucepan over medium heat until its almost boiling, then add another 1/2 cup of milk and stir a bit more, and you’re done! It’s great.

I got the 99% stuff to try at Easter and it’s so dark that it’s hard to believe it’s even chocolate, however done like that in hot chocolate tastes delicious. Also, taking a really small amount and breaking it up and then mixing it in with plain yogurt and frozen berries is a nice way to fix a chocolate craving.

Hot chocolate is delicious! Make hot chocolate healthier, too, by using these ingredients… hot chocolate is a sweet treat that can also be turned into a healthy recipe!


Gena asked me a couple of posts back about if I have any nutrition book that I’ve learned the most from. There’s no one book that’s taught me everything, but I figured I’d share some of my favorites with you (in no particular order)…

My favorite nutrition books:

It’s got pretty pictures, discusses food throughout the life cycle, has information on food as medicine, and also gives tips on shopping for healthy food.

Very detailed analysis of fourteen superfoods, as well as some recipes and lists of brand names that are healthier (although some of those brands are really specialty and you can only get them online or at very specific stores).

Any book that claims both cinnamon and dark chocolate as health foods is sold right there! It’s got some new superfoods with the same detailed information on them as well as how to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle.

This was recommended to me by my nutrition prof- it’s got recipes and a 2 week meal plan, info on nutrients and physical activity.

Lots of research and studies! Also super reader-friendly because it’s all very easy to understand.

This is actually a book on nutrition for pregnant women, that my mum used when she was pregnant with me. But, it’s still got information that could be applied to anyone and it talks about the essential nutrients and which food contains what nutrients. Also very interesting to compare the view on nutrition in the 1980’s as opposed to today.

…okay, so this isn’t necessarily a nutrition book. But it’s about body image and it’s really excellent!

There’s a few more books by Leslie Beck that I want to read and also some other health books (like In Defense of Food, which has had TONS of hype lately).

University will be done very soon so then I will be able to run off to the bookstore and lose myself in health books, and I’ll let you know which ones are good! Does anyone else have any recommendations?

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  1. Gena

    Oh, I hope you feel better soon! Thanks for the list, I’m going to check my library’s catalog now. I know I’ve had In Defense of Food on hold forever, but I’m way at the end of the queue. It certainly is a popular one!

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